Hernandez has rejected Abbott's request to reverse her refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in limited circumstances.
Abbott wrote to Hernandez: "First, you claim you have no legal power to comply with ICE detainers. That proves too much, of course, because by your own admission, Travis County Sheriff's Office will honor some ICE detainers, for example when the alien is charged with or convicted of capital murder. You have the exact same legal authority to honor ICE detainers for capital murder cases as you do for other crimes that you personally deem unworthy of enforcement."
Abbott also pointed out the ICE issues detainers for illegal aliens with felony records--including murder.
He added: " . . . Under your reckless policy, for example, dangerous criminal aliens convicted of felonies like murder, aggravated assault, human trafficking, including child sex trafficking, aggravated kidnapping, including sexual performance by a child or indecency with a child, dangerous gang activities . . . "
Hernandez's non sequitur said that honoring the detainers would make the "community less safe by driving people into the shadows." In other words, by allowing felons and the rest to have sanctuary, we can know where they are when they have a child become a prostitute. And as long as the child isn't murdered, we're all good.
Hernandez contends that state law enforcement can't constitutionally be drafted into service by federal agencies, which is a straw man argument, or a distortion of what Abbott is arguing about.
Abbott is interested in letting ICE remove illegals from the streets who were already arrested by Texas officials for committing serious crimes, not simply reporting them.
Gov. Abbott said "For one, these sheriff offices receive grants from the governor's office and we're cutting off those grants to any sanctuary city in the State of Texas," adding . . . however, we are in a legislative session and we're working on laws that will #1 ban sanctuary cities and #2 remove from office any office holder who promotes sanctuary cities while also imposing criminal penalties as well as financial penalties."
It seems as if Sally Hernandez is following Obama's lead and only upholding those laws or parts of those laws that she likes.